I currently work with a group of highly trained specialists, clinicians, and scientists on several microbiome related projects one of which is to enhance basic knowledge of mechanisms and characteristics of GI side effects of Spinal Cord Injury. We also work to reduce or prevent these effects to improve quality of life for those with traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. With a background in chemistry and biochemistry, I use microbiology techniques and sequencing analysis to understand the impact and effect of the gut microbiota on GI dysfunction in Spinal Cord Injury.
My training goal is to develop research skills and an understanding of commensal microbiota and their effect on health and diseases specifically those of ethnic disparity. I'm interested in applying these skills to educate the public, on the importance and application of microbiome health. I believe modulation of the human microbiome via non-invasive methods such as diet and exercise constitute the biggest opportunity for prevention of disease. Further, I believe that providing the general public with a foundational understanding of the microbiome and its effect on health will inform and reinforce lifestyle choices leading to a healthier happier community.